Waka win over Atwn ‘an ex­pe­ri­ence’ to savour


Wakatipu’s his­toric White Horse Cup win over Ar­row­town was some­thing ‘‘not a lot of us have ex­pe­ri­enced’’, coach Justin Pe­whairangi says.

Less than half-a-dozen play­ers were in Satur­day’s team that won the cup in 2014, Pe­whairangi said, coin­ci­dently over the same oppo- sition.

The play­ers were ’’pretty rapt’’ with the 29-19 win.

‘‘It’s a big thing to go over and win the White Horse at their home,’’ Pe­whairangi said. ’’It was huge.

‘‘A lot of the old boys came down to cel­e­brate.’’

Mid-fielder Kapa Moeke scored two tries for Wakatipu.

It doesn’t get any eas­ier for Pe­whairangi’s side, with a first up de­fence of the cup against Man­iototo at the Queen­stown Re­cre­ation Ground this Satur­day.

Ar­row­town coach Simon Spark said he was ‘‘proud as hell’’ of the way his team fronted.

Spark said his play­ers were ‘‘pretty down-cast’’ af­ter the game but Wakatipu’s win and the large crowd for the one-off game at Jack Reid Park, was ‘‘good for rugby’’ and ‘‘good for the area’’.

He hoped his team could get back on track this week­end with a win over Matakanui Com­bined.

Other matches this week­end see Alexan­dra play Up­per Clutha at Molyneux Park and Cromwell take on Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh in Clyde.

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